Dear Families, Students and Community Members,
Successful Open Events
Last week we held a most successful Open Night for prospective students and parents, with up to 800 visitors attending see the whole school in action on Thursday 2 May from 6.30 pm. The success of such events is testament to our strong sense of community where staff, students and parent representatives from our College Council all played important roles. The level of support and enthusiasm from all involved was extremely positive and affirming. My sincere thanks to Mr Daniel Williams, Director of Middle School, and Mrs Marina Walsh, Assistant Principal, who were the main organisers, supported by Catherine Boulton in the office and Drew Cook our Facilities Manager. I would also like to thank all staff for their attendance out of school hours and for organising some terrific displays and highly engaging interactive workshops; all the students who acted as tour guides or assisted with the interactive workshops, they were so proud to showcase their school; and the parent representatives from College Council, who were very enthusiastic and proud to speak about Mordialloc College to prospective parents.
A special thanks to our student speakers in the formal presentation part of the evening. They all did an outstanding job articulating what it means to them to be a student of Mordialloc College. Congratulations to Elizabeth Ng and Levi Burns, speaking in their capacity as School Captains; and Mirabelle Milner and Jackson Mould representing the Year 7 cohort and speaking so confidently about their experiences to date. Please see the feedback summary page containing lots of positive comments from prospective parents via this link,
Congratulations to Alex Bletas who won the $100 Westfield gift voucher, one of many who went into the draw for completing the learning journey passport on the night.
On Thursday 9 May we are holding the SEAL entrance exam for Year 7 next year and we are again overwhelmed with the interest in this program and the very high calibre of applicants. All applicants (77 students) are also being interviewed between 13-17 May with myself and Alice Leppin on the panel, as part of the selection process.
The Sports Excellence Program applications close on May 31 and selection trials will be held in August.
This term Assistant Principal, Andrew Moffat, has taken leave. Jo Greenhalgh will be Acting Assistant Principal overseeing Senior School. Jo will continue to teach her Year 12 English class, with the rest of her teaching load being taken by Ms Stasey, an English and Psychology teacher who we have employed for the remainder of the term.
Mrs Bec Carter has started this term taking over the load of Sarah Robinson. Bec is a very experienced English and History teacher.
As mentioned in Term 1 we have two new positions funded by the Department which have started this term. A 0.6 Literacy intervention teacher to be focused on students in Year 10 who were below national benchmarks in Year 9 NAPLAN and a full time Numeracy intervention teacher working across four secondary schools (shared with Parkdale, Patterson River and McClelland), thus just one day each again focused on supporting students in Year 10. I was asked to lead the selection of this cluster teacher and Mordialloc will be their base school. We have appointed Damien Power from Mornington SC to this position. For the literacy role, three days a week at Mordialloc, Lisa Ip was the successful candidate. As she is already on staff, we have been through a selection process to appoint experienced VCAL teacher, Rochelle Travitz, as our new VCAL teacher.
Ride Safely to and from School
A reminder to all students who ride their bicycles to school, it is mandatory that helmets are worn for your own safety. Cyclists are required to obey the same road rules as car drivers plus some bicycle specific rules e.g. wearing a securely fitted and fastened helmet whether you are riding on the roads, bike paths or shared footpaths. You can be fined for not complying and, most importantly, we value your safety and don’t want to see any of our students end up with a major head injury.
NAPLAN: National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy
On the mornings of Tuesday 14, Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 May all students in Year 7 and 9 will be sitting the national tests in Reading, Writing, Spelling, Grammar, Punctuation and Numeracy. It is important that students treat these tests seriously and strive to achieve their Personal Best.
The results will be used to:
- help teachers identify students who require greater challenges or additional support
- help the College identify strengths and, if any, gaps in teaching programs and to set goals in Literacy and Numeracy
- provide additional feedback to students and parents about individual achievements and progress
Any parents with any concerns or questions about the tests should contact Assistant Principal, Marina Walsh.
All parents of students in Year 7 and 9 will receive a NAPLAN report on their child’s progress later this year. The report is only one aspect of the school’s assessment and reporting process, and does not replace the more extensive and informed judgements made about your child by their teachers.
Winter Uniform and Jewellery
I would like remind students of their responsibility in relation to uniform. The College expectation is that all students will be in the correct winter uniform, and that this uniform is worn correctly (shirts tucked in, ties done up properly) just as would be expected in any workplace. This also means no hoodies worn under or over jumpers. Our uniform is a very important part of the image we project of our College community and therefore I expect all students to wear their uniform correctly and with pride to, from and at school. I would ask parents to reinforce these expectations at home.
A reminder of the rules outlined in the College uniform policy regarding jewellery. Jewellery is not to be worn apart from a wristwatch and a plain stud or sleeper for students with pierced ears. Piercing of other body parts must not be visible.
Ms. Michelle Roberts